By the time I arrived in Belo Horizonte for the Costa Rica – England match, England was already out of the tournament. Who would have thought that Costa Rica would top that group…over Italy, Uruguay, and well England. No matter. I was to meet a dear friend, Tricks, who over the years had become an online penpal of sorts. We had been class-mates in classes 5 and 6 at the Havel School in Berlin, Germany. He an English army brat, I a diplomatic kid.